From Monday 13 March until Wednesday 31 May, Northumbria is participating in two biennial national surveys of researchers, the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS). These surveys gather important, anonymous data about working conditions, career aspirations and career development opportunities for research staff and research leaders in higher education institutions.
Eligible staff have been sent an email by Professor George Marston with a link to the relevant survey. The surveys are totally anonymous and confidential and analysis will be used to inform Northumbria’s researcher development training programmes and other activities in support of our research-active staff. They will also be used to benchmark us against the rest of the sector. Click on the links for more information about CROS and PIRLS or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the Northumbria surveys.
As you have no doubt heard, the Higher Education Funding Council for England has launched a consultation on the next Research Excellence Framework. This includes proposals intended to streamline the REF process and make it less burdensome for UK universities whilst maintaining and improving incentives for research excellence. It includes recommendations relating to: the submission of staff and outputs, the approach to the assessment of impact, and the introduction of an institutional level assessment.
Northumbria University is preparing a response and would like to give the ECR community an opportunity to feed into this. We are holding an event on Tuesday 14th February from 1.00-2.30 in room 209, Sutherland Building, City Campus. If you are able to attend, please sign up on this doodle poll to reserve your place: http://doodle.com/poll/fdkxmmr7mvaw8mee
Responses to the consultation must be submitted by midday on Friday 17 March 2017. Full details of the consultation can be found on the HEFCE website here.
L’Oréal UK and Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society, invite applications for the L’Oréal UK and Ireland fellowships for women in science. These promote, enhance and encourage the contribution of women pursuing their research careers in the UK or Ireland in the fields of the life and physical sciences, including mathematics and engineering.
Female early-career researchers who have been awarded their research doctorate may apply if they have no more than 10 years of active full-time equivalent postdoctoral experience do not currently hold a permanent academic post. Applicants may be citizen of any country but must be resident in the UK or Ireland at the time of application.
Five fellowships worth £15,000 are available. The fellowship funding to assist with research over a 12-month period. The Fellowship money can be spent in any number of ways to enable women scientists to pursue their careers and facilitate world class research – such as buying equipment, paying for childcare or funding travel costs to an overseas conference.
The deadline is Wednesday 25th January 2017.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures 2017 call which opens in early December, Dr Katie Ward, UK H2020 National Contact Point, will be giving an overview of the call at Newcastle University’s Institute of Genetic Medicine on 12 December at 14.00. For more information on how to register, please contact me directly.
The European Commission has recently launched new Horizon 2020 calls for projects related to nature-based solutions for inclusive urban regeneration, heritage-led rural regeneration and nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorogical risk reduction.
An information and brokerage day will be held on the 8th December for those interested in applying to these calls. The event aims to:
- Present the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for the 2017 “Innovating with Nature and Culture” calls. Keynote speakers and Commission officers will provide tips and information on: innovative nature-based solutions in cities; cultural heritage as a driver for sustainable growth; nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk reduction
- To facilitate networking, information exchange and the development of new project partnerships during the afternoon brokerage event.
The event is free to attend but you need to register in advance to secure your place. Further information including the programme, a list of speakers and the registration link are available here.
We will be holding the monthly Wednesday afternoon funding drop-in in the staff room on the ground floor of CCE1 this week from 2.30-4.00.
Questions regarding divorce, child custody, and child support all fall under the expertise of a family lawyer. This is an opportunity to ask any funding-related questions, big or small, or to get advice on funding opportunities, draft proposals and bid ideas from Emma Batey (Business and Engagement Manager), Louise Wyers (Pre-Award Co-ordinator) and me (Research Funding and Policy Manager).
To book a specific time, please email me.
UKRO has informed us that the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published a report into the implications of leaving the EU for UK science and research, which states that the Government must send a clear message that it intends to protect the UK’s strength in science. It suggests that the Autumn Statement is used to commit to raising the UK’s expenditure on science R&D to 3% of GDP to demonstrate a determination to negotiate a post-Brexit relationship that is good for science and science collaborations.
In particular, it recommends that:
- Government should develop a comprehensive strategy to communicate messages of ongoing support for the science and research community in the context of its Brexit plans;
- Government should be mindful of the need to clarify future immigration rules so that the UK continues to attract top-quality researchers;
- An immediate commitment should be made to EU researchers currently working in the UK, to exempt them from any potential outfall arising from Brexit negotiations;
- The interim Chair of UKRI should be formally appointed to act as a ‘bridge’ between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Exiting the European Union (DexEU); and
- DexEU should appoint a Chief Scientific Advisor as a matter of priority.
The Enterprise Europe Network, in partnership with Innovate UK, is organising a National Information Day on the 2017 round of calls for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 – Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials on 23 November in Birmingham.
The event will introduce the content of the forthcoming calls, present insights and priorities from the European Commission, provide information on the support available to UK applicants and offer networking opportunities to help find new project partners. In addition, National Contact Points (NCPs) from the UK, Ireland, Poland and Cyprus will be present to answer questions and help develop new collaborations. There will also be an opportunity to pitch ideas and expertise to representatives of industry and research organisations.
The event is free to attend but you must register in advance. More info is available on the event website.
As part of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the European Commission has launched a public stakeholder consultation which will run until 15 January 2017. The interim evaluation will help improve the way Horizon 2020 works and will also inform the preparations for the successor programme which will be launched in 2021.
If you have used the Participant Portal, applied to H2020 or been successful in winning funding from the programme, then the EC wants to hear your views. The questionnaire should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.
The 2017 European Research Council Consolidator Grants call has been launched with a 9 Feb deadline. Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators with 7-12 years of experience since completion of their PhD and at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. Applicants must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. These are “frontier” research grants operating on a “bottom-up” basis without predetermined themes or priorities.
This is highly competitive but also highly rewarding funding with up to €2 million available per award, covering up to 100% of the eligible direct costs of the research. If you are interested in applying, please contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager.